Have a say on how dogs are managed
Here’s a good chance to give the council a rark-up over Porirua’s dog rules.
The city delivery committee wants to hear from the public between June 16 and July 14 on proposed changes to dog rules that include adding six new offleash dog exercise areas, compulsory neutering of dogs classified as menacing by breed, and extending by one month the time dogs are allowed on beaches, among other changes.
Dog owners lobbied the council for various changes at annual plan hearings in May.
Committee chairwoman Anita Baker said there was a lot of interest in having a fenced dog park or exercise area in Porirua so they would seek feedback on that idea too.
‘‘We decided to consult on the mandatory neutering of all dogs classified as menacing because the Government is proposing to introduce stronger rules for owners of high-risk dogs as part of a review of the Dog Control Act 1996 later this year,’’ she said.
Porirua currently requires compulsory neutering of dogs classed as menacing based on their behaviour.
This change would extend that to dogs classed as menacing based on breed/type.